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Reem Acra: Urban Sensibility

Reem Acra’s dreamy Fall 2013 collection was inspired by her recent travels to Japan. Her collection brought the northern hemisphere to us in a palette of black, white, and bold strokes of red. Reem Acra was also inspired by abstract photographs by the artist Daido Moriyama.  Daido’s photographs of the female body in fish net stockings prompted Reem Acra to try to layer different fabrics to create a unique look for her Fall collection. There was something for the princess as well as the modernist in Reem Acra’s Fall collection. Silhouettes ranged from long and lean to luxurious and voluminous. Once again Reem Acra has managed to capture what women want to feel beautiful in.

Shop Reem Acra collections here.

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Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Denim Craze: Neuw Jeans

Oh how I love denim! When someone asks me what I collect: denim. My fetish: JEANS (and sweet potatoes, duh). They maybe, just maybe, are color-coated in my closet. #embarrassingconfession.

So the point of the story is that I am a hard critic. For me to purchase a new pair of jeans, they must have the WOW factor, meaning they do not compromise on fit, color, wash, or purpose. That’s right, purpose. They must fit the occasions in your daily life, or an occasion that could possibly come up: justification 101. There is nothing like a great pair of jeans, especially those classic ones filled with memories, and I assure you Neuw Denim could be next in line.

Neuw was created by three friends (Par, Stephen, and Richard) with the same motivation: to formulate a premium, independent denim brand. The concept is derived from Par’s extensive vintage denim collection, which contains iconic pieces spanning the last 100 years of denim history. Par wears these collectibles after he alters and repairs their fit and look, a method he likes to call “Vintage Revision.” The coolest part: every Neuw jean goes through this process. The result: modern denim with traditional attention to detail, (fabulous) fit and workmanship.

My favorite pair: the low rise razor skinny in Italian army green. The most unique aspect is that they crease black!

To explore their collection, go here. Better yet, to buy, go here or here!


Bring Out Your Inner Tomboy

Live from New York Fashion Week, we’re bringing you the hottest looks for Spring. Rebecca Minkoff set the stage for us this fashion week season with all the rage in-tune trends. To sum it up, she has perfected the “sexy tomboy” with a beachy yet sporty while flirty and sassy flare. What item are we eyeing other than Mr. Ryan Lochte sitting front row? Skinny light-wash denim. Why head this direction? They are great with nearly any heel, ankle booties, or built-in wedge sneakers.

Included: options for your purchasing needs.

1. True Religion 2. Levi’s 3. Urban Outfitters


Lauren & Shannon

Leighelena + Project Paz: Promoting Peace through Bracelets

Leighelena buckle cuffs and licorice belts constructed from a variety of exotic candy colored skins have graced the pages of glossies and arms of celebs since designer Leigh Navarro launched her line in 2005.

Now in an effort to bring peace to war torn regions of Juarez, Mexico near her hometown of El Paso, Texas, Leigh is stamping her signature “mink” lizard skin buckle bracelets with the Project Paz logo. 100% of the proceeds from each “Leighelena for Project Paz” sale will be given to the New York based organization in an effort to help carry out their goal of promoting peace in Ciudad, Juarez.

A Word on Project Paz

Project Paz is a non-for profit organization, and their mission is to raise awareness about the unprecedented crime levels in Ciudad Juárez. The city borders the U.S and it’s economy and the innocent people who live there suffer greatly every day – 80,000 young people in the city neither study nor work, 30% of the businesses have closed, and 100,000 jobs have been lost. Ciudad Juárez is actually the most violent city IN THE WORLD (outside of declared war zones) and most people have no idea what’s going on there. Project Paz raises awareness about the city’s situation and funds projects that strengthen community bonds and promote peace.

Chatting with Leigh

Your collection launched in 2005, and now six years later, your jewelry is sold in over one hundred stores internationally. What is your reaction to this astounding degree of success?

I am incredibly grateful and proud of my team’s hard work.  We have two retail storefronts here in Austin and now sell to nearly 700 stores across the world! (visit her awesome collection here).

Your website credits your mother and grandfather for lending inspiration to the Leighelena line. What else inspires your work?

Aside from my family, I draw inspiration from fashion, vintage in particular.  I love organic forms and nature.  When I am deciding to make a new piece, it is usually because I want something new to wear.

A little bird told us here at LOLO that you play base in an Austin band. What’s the name of the band and when can we see you play?

Ha!  That Megan.  I am only LEARNING to play.  When things develop I will let you know!!

Fans of Leighelena want to know – what’s next for the line?

We hope to open another store down the road, and I will be expanding on the Crowns jewelry system.

What lead you to partner with Project Paz?

As an El Paso native, I feel a strong sense of community with our sister city Ciudad Juarez.  I hope to help create awareness about the problems that are happening across the border by partnering with Project Paz.

Do you have any words of encouragement/motivation for LOLO readers wanting to give back to their communities?

Anything helps!  If you can’t contribute monetarily, time is as if not more helpful in many cases. GET INVOLVED here.

Tweet Tweet: Follow Project Paz and Leighelena to keep up with their efforts!

Trend Alert: Playful Prints

Reporting from New York Fashion Week, we have the latest trends for the Fall! Prints were seen in several of the shows this season. From bohemian inspired prints in Mara Hoffman’s collection to geometric with Carlos Miele, prints made quite the statement on the runway. We are simply wild about the spunk the trend can bring to your look. Be prepared to be inspired by some of the pieces these designers brought to New York Fashion Week below!

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Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Express Yourself through Element Eden

We have fallen in love with the Element Eden Collection. Why you may ask? Well to start, the line is eco-conscious and moderately priced (several items are under $70)! There is no question that we are dying over the bold statement prints with accents of lime and guava on earth tones. We’re talking pieces that will mix back well with items that are already a part of your wardrobe.

Element Eden apparel was born from the desire to make a difference. Their mission: to inspire girls to follow their own path and to find a different perspective from the old standard. Genuine, creative and passionate, Element Eden lets you express yourself without saying a word. You are what you wear because you wear what you are. Check out the video behind their story here!

Take a look at some of our favorites from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection! You can order online here.

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Photos courtesy of Element Eden.